Cool Rules Business Writing

About Us

Shaun McNicholasCool Rules [for writers] is based in Adelaide Australia.

Formed by Shaun McNicholas in 2001, we work with government, education and business clients across Australia to improve workplace writing. We offer advice, train staff, develop customised resources, and provide ongoing support to organisations that value effective written communication.

We project-manage large writing projects, and we provide writing, editing and proofreading services. For executives, we provide one-on-one coaching to build the confidence and skills needed to write effectively in leadership and management roles.

Shaun is the author of Cool English: A Musical Guide to Better Grammar and Writing (winner of the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association Best Export Title in 2001),  The Apostrophe Song iPhone App, and Cool Rules’ The Really Useful Quick-Guide to Australian Punctuation.

Our workshops – enjoyable and highly practical – are informed by Shaun’s extensive experience in public and private sector management, and (occasionally) by his background as a musician and songwriter. We offer full-day, half-day and 90-minute workshops in most aspects of business writing, including report writing, speech writing, business cases, editing and proofreading, case-noting, minute taking and more. We can customise our workshops to suit any specific requirements.

We run related workshops in areas including mind-mapping, dealing with procrastination, and making meetings work.

Our core team is Shaun McNicholas, Natalie Falcinella (proofreading services and workshop administration), Katrina Allan (graphic design) and Glyn Lehmann (music production). We guarantee a professional, creative and customised service to our clients, which include small and large businesses, government departments, universities, consulting firms, banks, and not-for-profit organisations.

As well as his work with Cool Rules, Shaun consults with public and private sector organisations on workplace review, change management, planning and people development. For more information see Shaun McNicholas Consulting.

We know about good business writing. Contact us.


Shaun McNicholas

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